Friday, 27 November 2015
Rather Nice Whisky Presentation Case from SHAWSTEPHENS
Suntory 25-year-old Yamazaki single malt Japanese whisky comes in a rather spiffin' presentation case, don't you think? The case was produced by Devonshire furniture makers SHAWSTEPHENS as a special project. The oak case also has leather work from our old friends Bill Amberg of London. We have a leather cover on the outer, then opening at the copper hinges we see a bottle storage block and leather coasters, and some sort of leather pouch for keeping the gen on the whisky. The case represents fine craftsmanship and attention to detail at every level, which anticipates a virtuoso level of quality for the water of life contained therein.
With all the (Scotch, Irish, and even English and Welsh) whisky/whiskey on the doorstep of Tweed Towers, I confess to never trying Japanese whisky. I aim to rectify this, but I would be happy to accept this bottle just for the case.
Edmund (fantastic old-English name) Stephens graduated from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University in 2000 with a Fine Arts degree in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship.
Edmund established SHAWSTEPHENS in 2006 from a workshop in my favourite part of South Devon, near Dartmouth in the South Hams (with Agatha Christie's Greenway nearby). The business now employs four skilled cabinet makers (and is recruiting), a testament to a reputation built on the quality of their work using natural materials and traditional cabinet making methods.
Space would be found at Tweed Towers for this rather splendid bedside cabinet lined with Indian rosewood, with handy slide-out shelf.